Hello Margaret, I am so sorry to hear of your woes. Your good attitude shines through each of your messages & I feel confident that you will make the best of any situation.
I had to give up jogging and power walking. Having done both for over 25 years, needless to say, it was difficult. I have substituted those activities with swimming & have learned to very much enjoy this form of therapy. Of course, I can no longer just put on my sneakers & step out the door as I did with running however, it is well worth the trip to the gym. Fortunately, the gym is just around the corner from my house.
A bonus I get with the swimming (& water walking) that the jogging didn't offer is the commraderie in the pool. I've made some good friends & now that I'm no longer working this daily social interaction is needed & appreciated.
Thank you for all that you offer on this site. I hope you can continue to manage your health well.
I'm responding to my own post as I must have been in a fibro fog while composing this.
The point I was trying to convey is that there are many who are working with conditions that are listed in the SS book however, these people may be fortunate enough to not be suffering as someone else with the same condition who may be able to work. Therefore, you must stress how the symptoms interfere with your every day functioning.
I hope this better clarifies my message on the subject of SSDI.
Hello dgoodw83, What one must prove during the SSDI process is not the condition but instead the symptoms suffered that cause one's inability to work. Many people suffering from various diseases and medical conditions that may be listed in the SS book however, these people may be fortunate enough to not be suffering as some others with the same condition.
Hi Caprice, What a pleasant subject. I have quite a few but those that come to mind at present are:
- Summertime (Ira & George Gershwin) - Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly & Family Stone) - It's Summer, My Time of Year (unsure of title but artist is War) - That Sunday, That Summer (Nat King Cole) - Summer Madness (Kool & The Gang) - Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince)
Isn't it funny that there we don't associate any favorite songs with the winter season?
I, too, can't lay blame on any drugs as I only take aspirin. Although, aspirin or anything for that matter can cause a rash but I have to agree with your doctor. It does help to know that we're not alone with these symptoms. It takes a community such as this one to learn all about this as my doctors seem to be somewhat ignorant on the subject of FMS. georgiaView Thread
Thank you for your input, Nancy. I, too, am very in-tune with my body yet trying to figure out what's triggering my rash is maddening. I often think that it's nothing more than an auto-immune Fibro-related symptom. Regardless, the itching is also maddening & relief seems unattainable.
Although my insurance covers a portion of the acupuncture, I have to pay a $50 copay, which adds up quickly.
I'm tempted to return to the acupuncturist just to see if that indeed did "cure" the rash & if so, maybe try to work with their office in finding a feasible fee. It never hurts to ask.
I've had a chronic rash since last January. It affects my back, arms, & legs. I think the itching is worse than pain! I read where acupuncture has been used on rashes so I visited an acupuncturist nearby my home. I was amazed when after only two visits my rash disappeared! As you all know, this alternative treatment is very expensive so I stopped after the third visit. Guess what - the rash returned with a vengence. At $50 a visit, I just can't continue this treatment indefinitely.
Ointments do nothing for me nor do antihistimines.
I do believe this is part of the fibro. A skin rash is considered to be an auto-immune condition, one of many that fibro can co-exist with.
If I played & won the lottery, I would continue with the acupuncture.
Hello Margaret, Four years ago when I went through the gamut of visiting various doctors in search of a diagnosis, a neurologist did order a brain MRI under the suspician of MS. Fortunately, it showed negative for MS but it did reflect more gray (or was it white?) matter. I never did discuss this with the doctor so I don't know if it is due to normal aging (I was 52 at the time) or indeed symptomatic of Fibro.